JuiceBox

the solar micro-grid that provides light, electricity and heat to Portlanders transitioning out of homelessness. 

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The Need

An increasing number of Portlanders transitioning out of homelessness live in off-grid “tiny house” villages. These communities generally lack light, electricity, water and heat.

The Impact

By meeting basic needs, JuiceBox enables “tiny house” "villagers” to stay connected, find and maintain employment, and access social and emergency services. 

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Student Created

JuiceBoxes are designed by Portland-area high school students from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. We are a team of student engineers, designers, fundraisers, photographers, and writers committed to improving our products, ourselves, and our communities. 

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Solar PowerED

JuiceBox uses solar power to charge its battery — even on the rainiest of Portland winter days. 

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Environmental Sustainability

JuiceBoxes are installed in Portland’s off-grid “tiny house” communities where residents previously relied on noisy, polluting, and expensive gas generators or had no access to light, electricity or heat.

 

JuiceBox 2.0

 
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Light and power

JuiceBox 2.0 provides light and electrical power ("Juice!") to houseless Portlanders, enabling them to use computers and cell phones to contact emergency services, find employment, and engage in their communities.

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Solar energy

JuiceBox 2.0 uses 1 high-efficiency, high-output 100W polycrystalline solar panels from Grape Solar in Eugene, Oregon to charge its built-in 18 Ah battery. 

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Student Created. Community Built. 

Shine has produced 85 JuiceBox 2.0s since January 2017. Many of these JuiceBoxes were built by houseless Portlanders.

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WHo supports JuiceBox?

We have earned funding from Lexus, Scholastic, Lloyd EcoDistrict, eBay, Autodesk, and many other public and private sponsors. 

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JuiceBox 3.0

Light. Power. Heat.

Coming this fall…